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My Favorite Posts of 2013

With the new year just days away, I’ve been reflecting on what a wonderful year it’s been (and how fast it went by!?). 2013 was another busy, yet rewarding year here at Simplified Bee. To celebrate, I’ve selected some of my favorite posts of 2013.

boy's bedroom with airplane art // simplified beeDesign Reveal: Traditional Boy’s Bedroom

Heart Valentine's Day Mug #valentinesValentine’s Day hot coco bar & diy XOXO banner

pink daybed girls bedroomInterview: Interior Designer Graciela Rutkowski

butterfly fiesta party ideas // simplified beeButterfly Themed Fiesta Party

designer bedroom with canopy bed by House of RubyPeninsula Decorator Show House :: Guest Bedroom by House of Ruby

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Living Room // Catherine KwongSan Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 :: Living Room by Catherine Kwong

designer grey kitchen by Jute Interior Design // San Francisco Decorator ShowcaseSan Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 :: The Family Kitchen by Jute Interiors

modern prince nursery room design board - Simplified BeeModern Prince Nursery Design Board

green and orange table setting // simplified beeSummer Tabletop

playroom ideas & essentials - Simplified Bee

 

Playroom Ideas & Essentials

playroom and guest room design // cristin priest // simplified beeDesign Reveal :: Playroom + Guest Room

I’ve been blessed to have amazing clients, faithful readers and loving friends and family who have supported this blog from the very beginning (May 2014 will be mark the 5 year anniversary!). Thank you so much!

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2014!

Cristin

 

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Read full story By on December 29, 2013 in Bedroom, Boy, brass, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, Playroom, playrooms

Client Reveal :: Playroom and Guest Room Design

I’m so excited to reveal a recent design project for a family with two young boys. Originally the bedroom was designed for guests and had a queen size bed (bummed, because I didn’t get an image of the before!). Needing a place for the boys to play and guests to rest, my client asked me to create a space that serves as both a playroom and guest room.

playroom and guest room design // cristin priest // simplified bee

A white daybed with a pull-out trundle was paired with a custom headboard in a Duralee geometric fabric in cool shades of blue and green. It’s topped with a variety of pillows including Serena & Lily’s quilted Euro shams in navy/clover and Kuba pillow in navy.  The turquoise bed-cover with white contrasting welt was custom made durable sunbrella fabrics. The fabrics definitely set the room’s nautical color palette and we pulled out the lightest blue for the wall color (Benjamin Moore’s Arctic Blue).

daybed headboard in blue and green // simplified beeplayroom and guest room design // cristin priest of simplified bee

For the boys’ games, toys and Lego creations (remember this boy’s bedroom with Lego display?), I selected a pair of Billy shelving units from Ikea, had them painted in Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise and backed in a green and white trellis pattern wallpaper (used in my own kitchen nook). Green felt bins were added to help coral toy cars, smaller games and Legos of course! Land of Nod’s tree floor lamp with movable lights serves as a bedside reading lamp.

ikea billy bookcase hack with wallpaper // simplified bee

ikea billy bookcase in playroom // cristin priest // simplified bee

For extra kid-friendly seating, a pair of turquoise poufs and crisp white garden stool were selected. Perfect for a game of Go Fish!

My client was thrilled with the result and that’s the best part.

Happy decorating,

cristin

*photography credit: Jenn Jacobson

 

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Read full story By on December 4, 2013 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, bookshelves, Boy, contemporary decor, DIY, ikea, interior design, Interiors, Playroom, playrooms, simplified bee portfolio, Tips/Tricks, wallpaper

Playroom Ideas & Essentials

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kids playroom with Ikea shelving - Simplified Bee

You may know if you’ve been following Simplified Bee on Instagram that I’ve been working on several kids’ playrooms recently. All needed to be functional and organized, yet fun, creative and imaginative.

organized craft supplies on a tray - Simplified Bee

Designing a playroom isn’t that much different than other spaces, however there are a few key items that make up a great room for kids to play…
playroom ideas & essentials - Simplified Bee

storage bins // play table // rug // play kitchen // tee pee

For more playroom ideas, be sure to follow Simplified Bee’s Kids’ Corner board on Pinterest!

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Read full story By on September 19, 2013 in baby and children, Interiors, Playroom, playrooms, simplified bee portfolio, storage

Youth

kids' playroom with art wallyouth quote - jk rowling

Although it’s said we get wiser with age, we have a lot to learn from the little ones in this world. Their innocence, creativity and imagination is priceless.

 

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to entry to win a $50 gift card for some fabulous wall decals at Cherry Walls!

cristin

*image via

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Read full story By on September 13, 2013 in baby and children, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall, Playroom, quote